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Innovations in Mobile Health Care Services - The Right Way Forward

Dec 29th 2015 at 11:00 PM

Health care is not a privilege. It is a right. It is a right as fundamental as civil rights. It is a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get public education - Rob Blagojevich

It is not a hidden fact that the health care system in India has been languishing since a long time. What can be the reasons behind such neglect? There are various reasons that have been contributing to the health care sector still being in the nascent stage. Yes, still, after so many years of growth and prosperity as portrayed across the media verticals. As, you might know that the health sectors are generally divided into 2 sectors - public and private sectors. The private sectors are usually termed to be expensive ones. Wherein, the public sector has been known to cater to the real scale masses. The lack of geriatric medical skills and expertise has also been on a downfall since a lot of years. You must have heard the quote - The world is going mobile, are you? The question in terms of the medical sector is that how the health care sector is going mobile? And, if it is, is it developing effectively? The mobile medical units in the country are far lagging in comparison with the global standards. So, how can improvements be made in the mobile health care services? An overall and a transparent approach must be adopted. However, some sections need special focus. One of those sections is the elderly sector. It is a sector that has been devoid of special attention. With more than 82 million elders in the country, the health care authorities cannot turn a blind eye to the segment. The key to success is enhancing the reach of the mobile medical facilities to the far-fetched corners of the country.

 

How can the medical institutions make mobile health care services in the country more organized? It can be done via adapting a 3 point plan. The 3 point plan would include – defining objectives, devising operations & delivering results. During speaking about reaching the tier II and tier III cities, it is very important to have a clear objective in place. Mobile health care implementation has the power to reach the disadvantaged rural and town people. Speaking about catering to the elderly population & under-served communities, medical institutes must have the proper logistics in place. It would help in gauging the geographical locations easily & entering the difficult terrain. Movable health clinics that can provide effective mobile health care services must be visible across close proximities. This can be achieved through defining proper objectives and devising operations to fulfil it. Helpage India has been striving very hard in terms of fulfilling such operations. Other institutions can take a cue from them& work on the same path. The operations must be extended to the 290+ extremely poor districts in the country along with making the presence felt across the other districts. The clinics provide mobile health care services must provide basic diagnostics, daily consultations, instant referrals & patient facilitators to the masses. Proper planning and astute execution is the only way forward to create a seamless connect between the institutions and the patients.

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